NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,527 miles

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2006 Pontiac GTO steering problems

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2006 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 312011

GTO 8-cyl

  • 31,581 miles


2006 GTO only had the car for 4yrs. Couple days ago it started to leak fluid under the car. Took it in to get checked out and after only 31,500 miles on the car GM technician said that the power steering rack is leaking all the mounts are cracked. Power steering rack needs to be totally replaced!!! guy also decided to tell me this isn't the first time this kind of car has had a problem! he said the GTO's and G8's have had power steering problems. I said why hasn't there been any recalls? he said GM could possibly have one in the feature. Now I'm stuck with a $1,500 bill the GM knows about. GM technician also said your power steering could fail at anytime resulting in loss control of you vehicle and possible serious injury. I could of crashed on the highway because of faulty parts.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

May 082009


  • 18,000 miles
I took my 2006 GTO into the dealer in Jan. 2009 for some warranty repair work on the fan switch. While performing a safety inspection the dealer noticed the right front strut was rubbing on the tire and causing significant wear on the inner tread. I had noticed a clunking sound as I went over speed bumps or turned tight like you would in a parking lot for approximately 3 months prior to that. I asked if they were related and the service attendant said possibly, but that all the Gtos made noise when cranking the wheel because of the wide tires. I asked if the strut was covered under the warranty and they said no, it was some type of front end damage that caused it. The car had a fender bender in Nov. 2006, but it was re-aligned in Dec. 2006. No mention was made at the time that the strut rubbed on the tire. I didn't have the money to have it repaired right away so I wasn't driving it until I April 2009 when circumstances made it my only vehicle. After a few days of driving, I noticed the car would sometimes suddenly shudder in the front suspension and pull very hard to the right. On May 8, 2009 after making a left hand turn from a stop, as I started to straighten the wheel the car jerked to the right onto the shoulder. I tried to steer it back onto the road and the car continued to slide into the ditch. A passerby pulled the car out of the ditch and I limped it back to a friends house where we jacked it up and inspected it. It seemed to drive fine and other than the unusually worn tire everything appeared fine. I'm now afraid to drive it and still don't have the money to get it repaired, so it is parked in my driveway. After doing some online research, it seems that I am not alone in this dilemma. Is Pontiac, GM or macpherson looking into this?

- Seabeck, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172008


  • 27,000 miles
2006 Pontiac GTO engine failure at 15,000 miles. Front suspension pulls to the left, with tremendous vibration from the steering wheel at highway speeds, vehicle will not hold an alignment. Braking is harsh with further front end vibrations, occasional squealing and drifting from left to right before coming to a complete stop. Can hear the collapsing noise of the compressed strut towers, along with some inner wheel strut rub. The presence of mechanical knocking and popping noise with the vehicle sitting still and just turning the steering wheel from right to left and left to right. Rear suspension sagging on the passenger side, rolling over uneven road surfaces causes collapsing of right rear shocks and spring to rub the right rear tire. Normal acceleration from a stop with a full tank of fuel, the rear end bottoms out rubbing the right rear tire. Placing the vehicle in gear from a stop, causes the rear end to drop some 2 - 3 inches. Can hear the sound of a blown shock knocking and clanking on certain road surfaces, hard to duplicate for service manager at dealership. Vehicle has been with the dealership for seven days straight, dealership refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem. GM customer service regional manager has been extremely helpful in seeking out a resolution to fix the problem. No accidents as of yet? dealership stands by lead mechanic, stating that the vehicles suspension is within GM specification, and that the fault is with the fitment of aftermarket wheels and tires. I began complaining about the issue at about 18,000 mi, with factory setup still installed. The vehicle know is at 27,000 mi with after market wheels and tires on for 1,200 mi. Dealership is completely aware of this change and when.

- Playa Vista, CA, USA

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